The deadline for your 2022 tax filing is only a few months away. You may think that’s plenty of time, but it is always better to start early, be prepared. It’s even better to file early if you can. Here are a few pro tips to help you avoid the last-minute stresses of tax season.
Tips to stay ahead on your tax return in 2022
For most people, a frantic, last-minute rush is par for the course when it comes to filing their tax returns. However, there really is no need to manage your taxes in this way. By taking a few simple steps early in the season, you can ensure that your taxes are wrapped up efficiently, accurately, and without stress. Here are four simple steps to help you stay ahead.
- Organize your records: The best way to avoid last-minute stress is to ensure that all your tax documents are collected, collated, and filed at all times. This includes pay stubs, receipts, etc. Don’t leave paperwork at the bottom of a desk drawer. Nor should you save your electronic documents in a haphazard way. This will have you searching for hours through folders and email attachments to get them in order. Organize everything as you go.
- Set up an online IRS account: With an online IRS account, you can get immediate access to your tax records without having to reach out by phone or email. Then you can work faster and more accurately as you prepare your taxes.
- Check on the annual changes to tax rates and deductions: At the end of each year, the IRS announces rate adjustments. Make sure you stay on top of these so you can file accurately and timely.
- Get the help of a CPA: One of the best ways to rid yourself of the stress of filing your taxes is to leave the job to a professional. A certified public accountant knows all the rates and regulations, will be able to guide you through the filing procedure, and will know what it takes to file on time and with the most benefit to you.
Learn more about current ax laws in the Wall Street Journal’s Tax Guide 2022.